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Dog Chew Recall:  Dingo Chip Twists “Chicken in the Middle”

Because this recall is a Class III recall, the company does NOT have to make it public.    


The following is an excerpt and photo from Susan Thixton, TruthAboutPetFood.com, as she informs everyone about the NON-PUBLICIZED dog chew recall:

Dingo Chip Twists “Chicken in the Middle” Class III recall (not publicized) recall of a dog treat – “product may be contaminated with Amantadine, an antiviral human drug not approved for use in animal food.”

This recall was found on the FDA website Enforcement Report but not found as a press release (anywhere). The FDA told me “The FDA’s Regulatory Procedures Manual does not require that a company notify the FDA or issue a press release for Class II or III recalls, although we encourage companies to do so. Class II is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. Class III is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”

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Frankie Wishes all L’shanah tovah


Wondering what your Jewish Pet Parents are celebrating? Here is a Rosh Hashanah “cheat sheet” written by Wendy Thomas Russell on PBS Newshour.

Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

Pronounced: ROE-sha-SHA-na

Religion represented: Judaism

Date: The 1st and 2nd of the month of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar. In 2015, the holiday starts at sunset Sept. 13 and ends at nightfall Sept. 15.

What it is: The Jewish New Year

Not to be confused with: Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days later.

How important is it?: I asked my friend and former editor Jason Gewirtz. Here’s what he said: “Rosh Hashanah is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur the next week is only slightly bigger. [On a scale of 1 to 10], I’d say Rosh Hashanah is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur a 10. There’s nothing bigger than the two of them. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year… It’s said that on Rosh Hashanah, you’ll either be written in or out of the Book of Life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”

The good stuff: Foodwise, this holiday is associated with apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), as well as pomegranates and challah (braided bread). Also, in lieu of stupid hats and tasseled squawkers, celebrants sport the traditional yarmulke and blow a cool-looking horn called a shofar.

Conveying meaning to kids: At dinner [a few years ago], I explained to my daughter that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflecting on your life and challenging yourself to become a better human being. I served apples and pomegranates and asked Maxine to come up with one way that she might improve. Coincidentally, she had been reprimanded for “being silly” in her kindergarten class that morning, so her idea of self-improvement was to better follow her teacher’s instructions. I said my own resolution would be to spend less time looking at my phone. (Then on Yom Kippur, we checked in with each other about how well we did. The results? Well, a bit meh on both accounts. Luckily, we’re not religious…) As for children’s books, I recommend “Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays” by Judi Gross and Bari Weissman.”    Read full story

May you be Inscribed in the Book of Life!

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Reported in AVMF NEWS, the following was announced:

“America’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest Halted Due to Cyber-Bullying – Finalists to be Honored Collectively”

“The 2015 America’s Favorite Veterinarian Contest has been halted, and we have declared all 20 finalists “America’s Favorite Veterinarians” following a vicious cyber-bullying attack which disrupted and contaminated the final election process. Activists opposed to cat declawing “hijacked” the contest, resorting to cyber-bullying the majority of the contest finalists. The attacks were reprehensible and undeserved, and have undermined the spirit of the competition and caused the contestants undue harm. Read the press release for more information.

“We thank you for your interest in the contest, and we are truly sorry for what has happened. Our contestants deserve the utmost respect for what they do every day as veterinarians. We ask that those who are bullying these contestants immediately stop. Please join us in honoring these veterinarians with the respect they deserve.”

Lori , I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC

2015 National Pet Sitting Business of the Year Recipient, NAPPS

2015 Best Pet Sitter & Dog Walker Burlington County, Winner of Best of Burlington County Times



Dr. Lisa Aumiller of HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service 

in Mt.  afv blogLaurel, NJ, has been nominated for America’s Favorite Vet.  She’s the only vet from New Jersey, and I’m hoping to help her bring the title home!

The winner becomes the spokesperson on behalf of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, AVMF, which is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association, AVMA. This is not a paid position!  And there is not a vet I know more qualified and dedicated, and would wholeheartedly represent the betterment of care for animals, promote advocacy, and inspire fundraising more than Dr. Lisa Aumiller!

She is a mobile vet and is known for visiting sick pets past 11 pm, starting her schedule earlier than planned, and arriving in the worst snowstorms to make sure her patients are seen. Additionally, Dr. Lisa has two hospital facilities if parents prefer to bring their pets for traditional vet visits.

Her practice focuses on integrative care and wellness, and with the latest technology, she is able to perform cold laser therapy, acupuncture, x-rays, ultrasound, and the like, for pets in the comfort of their own homes!

Dr. Lisa personally speaks to parents, texts and emails them, yes, personally, from her cell phone if need be!  Do your pet parents have their vet’s cell phone number?  Do you?  I do… that’s right!  When she is the veterinarian of a furry baby in my care, I can reach out to her anytime.  What vet does this??? Dr. Lisa Aumiller of HousePaws Mobile Vet does  : ) 

She is also most charitable and benevolent with providing medical care to animals, working with over 40 rescues, and is so extremely giving of her time with outreach, raising awareness about wellness and nutrition, holding complimentary educational seminars for pet parents, pet sitters and professionals, free dental screenings and wellness events for pets in the community, and workshops for children.  She held a Martin Luther King, Jr. community service project bringing everyone together to bake healthy treats for homeless animals and a workshop making environmentally-friendly toys to donate to animals in shelters, and continuously sponsors similar events.  She brings live animals and education to children at schools, teaching respect and proper care of animals, provides extensive, complimentary medical care for animals in a makeover project for homeless dogs in a collaborative effort with groomers to facilitate adoptions, and does microchipping for donations, while the community chooses a different nonprofit charity to receive the donations each month.  And for years, Dr. Lisa has been writing an informative column for the county newspaper and answering parents’ questions.

Dr. Lisa’s positive and upbeat personality inspires the community to volunteer; families come together for fun days, pets are welcome and spend quality time with their parents, and everyone enjoys fundraising endeavors!  She’s currently sponsoring events to bring the first local dog park to Riverton, NJ, and strongly encourages pet-friendly social activities by hosting doggie dips for furry babies to enjoy a swim, Yappy Hours sipping Puptinis, and Pup and Me Yoga!

With her down-to-earth personality and philosophy of teamwork, you get to engage with Dr. Lisa and the incredibly friendly staff at HousePaws at the various events, not only when your pet is ill, so you connect on a personal level, feel much more comfortable and truly cared about in time of need!

Year round Dr. Lisa and HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service raise a tremendous amount of money for The Boo Tiki Fund, a non-profit charity where parents may apply for a grant for veterinary care to avoid having to put their beloved pet to sleep, to end suffering by improving their quality of life, even preventing a pet being relinquished to a shelter because a family cannot afford medical care.  And that’s even just a portion of what I’m aware!

My personal experience with Dr. Lisa Aumiller is that she never says no!!!  Her practice has been the main sponsor for South Jersey’s Annual Pet Wellness Symposium I organize and host, and she immediately said yes when asked if she was interested in becoming the certified vet for trainings when a Fido Bag is donated, another voluntary position!  For the past few years, Dr. Lisa has been providing first responders the necessary training to utilize pet-specific oxygen masks and Animal CPR / first aid so animals now have a chance to survive a fire or disaster.  I’ve also brought her animals from the street when other vets recommended euthanasia and she provided life-saving surgery, knowing I hadn’t even begun to raise donations yet.  Another animal I literally took from a cage at another vet’s office who they scheduled to be euthanized!  Dr. Lisa allowed him to live at her hospital until I found a home.  And who do you think took care of him on the weekends and evenings when the staff were off?  That’s right, Dr. Lisa Aumiller herself!  I’ve emailed, texted, called Dr. Lisa countless occasions regarding my personal pet as well as pets in my care in the evening, weekends, holidays, and she always took the time to answer my questions and ensure the pets received appropriate care.

I thank her every opportunity I get for always taking the time to help because not only did it benefit the animals in my care, but Dr. Lisa helped me to become a more educated and skilled pet sitter!

Too good to be true, right?  That’s what I thought when I first met her… But it continued and just gets better and better; hence, her earning the title of a “Veterinary Angel” with me as well as so many others!

Although you may not live in New Jersey, I highly recommend you vote for Dr. Lisa as there is no doubt she will inspire other  vets and set a precedence that being a veterinarian doesn’t stop at treating animals… it’s just the beginning!  Animals desperately need Dr. Lisa Aumiller’s voice as the AVMF’s spokesperson; she needs your vote to make it happen.  Again this is not a paid position, rather, an extension of a vet’s dedication to outreach and education!
      Click here for the ballot to vote…  vote for Dr. Lisa Aumiller.   You may vote daily until Tuesday, Sept. 1st.  Animals need Dr. Lisa and HousePaws Mobile Vet… and she needs your votes to win!!!
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You wouldn’t feed your dog or cat hair, would you… knowingly, that is!

by Lori Genstein, I've Got the 'Scoop'!, LLC on August 20, 2015

in Cats, Dogs, Health, Pet Health, Pets, Random Thoughts

Four pet foods tested…  all four positive for hair!!!

Photo Credit:  TruthAboutPetFood.com Photo Credit: TruthAboutPetFood.com

Those foods were:

  • Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Chicken Flavor

  • 9 Lives Plus Care Cat Food

  • Beneful Incredibites with Real Beef Dog Food

  • Friskies Indoor Delights Cat Food

Read the full story  and unfortunately, disgusting photos and video… 

Source of all info is credited to: TruthAboutPetFood.com

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2015 Best Pet Sitter & Dog Walker in Burlington County, Voted Best of 2015 Burlington County Times

2015 National Pet Sitting Business of the Year Recipient, Awarded by NAPPS


The official statement is from Nature’s Variety.

Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of their Instinct® Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has the symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The affected products are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms:

  • UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
  • UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16

The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The affected product was distributed through retail stores in the United States and limited distribution in Canada. No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.

No illnesses have been reported to date. Even though no illnesses have been reported, consumers should follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Nature’s Variety package when disposing of the affected product.

Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that a routine surveillance sample of seven pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella.

Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns. Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.

Consumers with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 from 8 am to 7 pm Central time, 7 days a week during the recall. Or, consumers can email Nature’s Variety directly viacservice@naturesvariety.com.



The latest recall is from the FDA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 20, 2015 – Windsor, CO – The Natural Dog Company, Inc. of Windsor, CO, is recalling its 12oz bags of 12″ Tremenda Sticks pet chews because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonellacan affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

The recalled 12″ Tremenda Sticks were distributed to retail stores in CA, CO, FL, IL, MO MT, NC, OH UT and WA.

The recalled product comes in a 12oz bag without a lot number or expiration date with UPC number: 851265004957. Products with new packaging, which includes both a lot number and expiration date but the same UPC are not affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after a Colorado Department of Agriculture inspection of the product revealed the presence of Salmonella in a sample taken from a 12oz package of 12″ Tremenda Sticks.

Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 12oz packages of 12″ Tremenda Sticks should discontinue use of the product and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-424-4602 – Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm MST.


Your Pet Can Become a NorthStar VETS “SuperHero” this 4th of July!

blood bank super hero Photo Credit: NorthStar VETS


The 4th of July, a highly-festive, patriotic holiday thanking our country’s heroes who fought for our freedom… what does it mean to you, and how do you celebrate?

As a professional pet sitter, most of my holidays are spent providing care for beloved pets in the absence of their families.  In addition to essential needs and affection, some pets require medical care, for others it’s playtime and exercise, but many furry babies require care with a heightened level of patience, understanding, creativity, calmness and compassion to help cope with anxiety. On the 4th of July, often times anxiety is exacerbated by an extreme hypersensitivity to the sound, vibrations and an uncontrolled sensation of never-ending explosions of firecrackers and fireworks.  And I celebrate with my furry friends feeling like their hero!

The highest incidence of lost pets each year is during the 4th of July holiday, leading to injury and illness.  In addition to easy access to open doors, food, alcohol, toxic items in guests’ handbags and left around by children, in a panic, a pet will do whatever is necessary to escape, often times causing severe injury to themselves.  Many are hit by cars, frantically running the streets seeking quiet and safety.

Your Pet Can Become aSuperHero  and help unfortunate animals this 4th of July and in the future, by becoming a blood donor at NorthStar VETS Blood Bank!  If you are not intrigued, rather, the thought scares you, I had the same reaction until I saw happy, relaxed pets enjoying treats and affection in this video.   I also learned about River’s Story, a dog whose life depended on a blood transfusion, is now a SuperHero helping other pets!

And that prompted me to contact Dr. Kimberly Hammer of NorthStar VETS Blood Bank once again and share this information of how animals help save other animals’ lives… just as we humans participate in blood drives.

“Dr. Hammer is a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist and the supervising veterinarian of the blood bank at NorthStar VETS.  Her responsibilities are to ensure the safety of our donors and recipients by screening new blood donors, monitoring the ongoing health of our blood donors and setting up protocols for the processing and administration of blood products at our hospital.”

In 2015, Dr. Hammer volunteered her time at South Jersey’s 2nd Annual Pet Wellness Symposium, and presented a lecture, “Heroes Come in All Forms – NorthStar VETS’ Blood Bank.”  If you missed it, here is your opportunity to learn about NorthStar VETS All Volunteer Blood Bank… where your pet can become a SuperHero!

Getting started, I simply wanted to learn about its inception.  Whose idea was it to create a blood bank?

“There are few large veterinary blood banks across the country.  Being a large veterinary hospital, we have a need for a constant supply of blood products. Our thought was to create a program that would supply NorthStar VETS’ needs and hopefully have the opportunity to supply area veterinarians with blood products.”

Wondering how pets qualify and are deemed healthy to donate, I asked Dr. Hammer to share the screening process as well as eligibility requirements.

“The screening process includes a questionnaire that looks at a pet’s age, weight, medical conditions, and the ability for the owner to bring their pet in for regular donations.  Once they complete this process, the potential donor undergoes a complete physical examination by a veterinarian and full blood work to evaluate health and screen for certain blood-borne infections.  Once this process is complete, the donor joins the program.

Thinking about the expense of veterinary exams and blood work, Dr. Hammer confirmed there’s NO cost to SuperHeroes!

“Our program is all volunteer.  In fact, our donors get ‘paid’ in the form of free examinations by a veterinarian, free yearly blood work to evaluate their overall health, and lots of treats!”

It may not be every parent’s choice, but I would be comforted greatly being present with my kitty, so just asking this question made me nervous!  Are parents allowed to remain with their pet during the donation process?

“Yes, we allow parents, other pets and donors to be present for the donation.”  

With extreme relief and curiosity, I delved right in wanting to know how long the actual donation process takes and how much blood is donated during each session.

“The actual donation takes about 5-10 minutes. The amount donated is dependent on the size of the dog but ranges from 250-450ml for dogs and 60ml for cats.” 

How many staff are required during the donation?

“It takes two people to perform the donation.”

The videos showed happy doggies getting treats and love, and SuperHero Bob, a Greyhound, fell asleep while making his donation, but I still had to ask if it’s painful to the furry babies.

“The only potentially painful part of donation is the needle stick and most of our donors don’t react.”

Is there a risk to the donor of becoming anemic? 

“We check red blood cell counts prior to each donation to make sure the donation is safe.”

I asked Dr. Hammer if it was only acute injuries and trauma that require blood transfusions, or chronic conditions as well, increasing the need for blood products.

“The types of conditions that we use blood products for are conditions resulting in blood loss (trauma such as hit by a car, bleeding tumors, surgical blood loss), certain types of poisonings (specifically rat poison), diseases of the bone marrow where red blood cells aren’t being made (such as myeloma – cancer of the bone marrow) and immune-mediated diseases where red blood cells are destroyed.

I took a moment to erase the thought of ill and injured babies… and remembered what a wonderful program this is; it saves animals’ lives!  Just as human lives are saved, thanks to blood donors, so are our beloved, precious pets’!   How much blood is typically used during one transfusion?

“The volume needed for a transfusion is dependent on the weight of the patient and how low their red blood cell counts are. It can vary anywhere from a ¼ unit for our smallest patients to 3 units at a time for a very large patient.” 

Given NorthStar VETS is an emergency trauma and specialty center, having a volume of pets being treated with cancer, various ailments, and trauma, how often is the blood utilized?

“We use blood products at least 3-4x weekly and sometimes multiple times per day.”  

Is it a life-or-death situation when a transfusion is required?


Is there a minimum amount of blood products needed on reserve and ready for use? 

“We keep 6 units of dog blood and 2 units of cat blood on hand.”

You responded previously about 250-450mL of blood is received from each dog during a donation.  I’m trying to figure out how many SuperHeroes would be required to obtain 6 units of dog blood.

“A unit of blood is equal to 450ml, which is almost a pint.  This is how much a human would give during donation.  We keep 6 units of dog blood on hand, so it would take six dog donors to replenish our supplies.”

How long do the blood products last?

“Packed red blood cells (a concentrated red blood cell product where the plasma has been removed) and whole blood are kept in the refrigerator and last anywhere from 30-45 days. Plasma can be kept for up to five years in the freezer.”

Are there different blood types with pets as with people?

“Yes, dogs and cats have their own blood types just like people do, and we have to make sure the blood type of the transfusion is compatible with the blood type of the dog or cat.”

Can human blood be used for animals?

“Since dogs and cats have their own unique blood types, you cannot use human blood.”  

“We are always in need of donors.  We recommend pet owners visit the blood bank page on our web site to learn more about blood donation.  For pet owners who want to take the first step toward having their pet become a NorthStar VETS’ blood bank “SuperHero”, please take the pre-screening survey today.”

I am envisioning beautiful, but silent, fireworks shooting off, for animals have reason to celebrate this 4th of July, with thanks to NorthStar VETS and Dr. Kimberly Hammer! After reviewing this most enlightening information I visited their web site to learn more.  There I found photos of SuperHeroes, read about success stories, and discovered there are additional benefits SuperHeroes receive.  Just a couple are:  

  • Free blood transfusion should your pet ever need one, receiving one unit of blood for every unit donated
  • Discounted services and VIP (Very Important Pet) treatment at NorthStar VETS – including direct access to a NorthStar VETS team member and no waiting when you have an appointment

Because of the 4th of July Holiday having the highest incidence of lost pets and potential for injury, as part of your celebration, please take a moment to visit the blood bank page and Make Your PetSuperHero this 4th of July

Contact information for NorthStar VETS:

Hoping everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday…

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!

Lori, I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC

2015 Pet Sitting Business of the Year Recipient, awarded by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters